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2020 Legislative Races to Watch

by RFNC Staff

2020 is shaping up to be one of the most pivotal legislative elections in North Carolina history. Democrats have a clear path to win majorities in both chambers of the legislature after historic pickups last cycle broke Republican supermajorities. With a decennial census and subsequent redistricting coming up, control of the legislature will impact not only the next two years, but also the next decade of North Carolina policy. Competitive races for Governor and a US Senate seat are gaining significant media attention and the state looks to once again be a key presidential battleground. In totality, these races represent a major change from last cycle’s blue moon election with no top of the ticket races.

The following report reflects candidate fundraising information where available, detailed analysis of new legislative districts, and other qualitative data about each candidate, along with the 26 House and 14 Senate districts we believe are most likely to change parties this cycle. Expect the list to shift as we get closer to the election. 

These are analyses not endorsements: we’ve looked for races that could be competitive in the general election, but this report shouldn’t be taken as an indication of support of any one candidate over another.

House Races to Watch

Read the full House report here

Senate Races to Watch

Read the full Senate report here.